Unbelievably, the Cincinnati Bengals open training camp this coming Thursday, July 24. The free-agency period saw the team make very few moves, while it added plenty of pieces via the draft and UDFAs.
Amid all of the transactions that did transpire, question marks have been added regarding the roster. Despite not losing any huge names on the offensive line besides Anthony Collins, a preseason backup, the offensive line is a mess. Not "a mess" in the way that it isn't good, but "a mess" in the way that the team is trying to determine who will start because there's so much talent.
That sounds like a good problem to have.
Meanwhile, the linebackers are in quite a competition to see who will join Vontaze Burfict and Co. on the roster—maybe not because they're so good, but because most of the linebackers have something to prove.
The overall good news? The Bengals' problems—most of them, anyway—are problems that most teams would love to have. This roster is arguably the deepest and most talented in the league from top to bottom. What we've seen transpire is a constant struggle to perform well in clutch situations.
Will this list of things to do in training camp up the Bengals to the next level?